Nerd’s Eye View: The Cars of PRI


Obviously, I could not pass up an IndyCar without photographing it.  This was Tony Kanaan’s Chip Ganassi Racing show car, but TK has left CGR for AJ Foyt Racing and this seat will now be driven by sophomore driver Ed Jones.  iRacing was showing off this car, promoting their sim game (which features IndyCars and at one time even had an off-season championship where fans could race real drivers in the virtual world).
Another nice find was this Honda Indy V8.  It’s now a 5-year obsolete design, but at one point these 3.0L engines powered the entire IndyCar field.  Honda apparently has a bunch of these lying around.  Who wants to see one of these swapped into an S2000?
More IndyCars, this time of the vintage variety.  The IMS Museum was showing off their collection of original Indy 500 winning cars from the AJ Foyt exhibit that had just wrapped up.  We saw these cars up close at Indy this year, we just need to finish up the writeup.  While at PRI, I chatted up one of the curators and got some neat info on the cars.  I could talk about AJ Foyt all day long…and I will!  Stay tuned for more!
Want something actually old school?  This is one of Harry Gant’s actual Chevrolet Monte Carlo NASCARs from the early 1980s.  It was for sale on the floor.  Not a bad way of going on a track day!
This might look like some oddball NASCAR, but it’s actually a Trans Am car.  Also not a bad way of doing track days.

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